From: The Council of State Governments
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: November/December 2013 Capitol Ideas--Hot Topic: Federalism
Date: Wed Nov 06 19:54:13 MST 2013

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Focus on Federalism  
B y Jennifer Ginn , CSG Associate Editor

The Council of State Governments' Focus on Federalism Task Force conducted its first meeting in September at CSG's 2013 National Conference with a hearing focused on how intergovernmental relations have gotten so bad and what can be done about it. Speakers at the hearing said the situation is bad between the federal and state governments and it doesn't look like it's going to get better anytime soon.

10 Questions-- 
Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt  

By Mary Branham, CSG Managing Editor   


Former Utah Gov. Mike Levitt, who served as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the George W. Bush administration, believes we need a strong national government--but with limitations. He provides his unique perspective, having served at both the state and federal level


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A Message from the CSG Chair--
CSG is the Place to Be  

By Sen. Gary Stevens, CSG's 2013 Chair  


This year, The Council of State Governments celebrates its 80th anniversary as a force for positive change. CSG has never been stronger or more relevant as an organization. Throughout our history, we have reflected the priorities of our members as we use our resources to focus on critical issues facing the states. I am very proud of all CSG does to build stronger states and to help state leaders successfully navigate the complex challenges we face. 


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The Battle Lands of the West   

By Mary Branham, CSG Managing Editor   


Leaders in several Western states are trying once again to gain control of federal lands. They say states can better manage the lands and can gain benefits states in other regions of the country get from lands that were once managed by the federal government. The federal government owns about 28 percent of the 2.27 billion acres in the United States, according to a 2012 report by the Federation of American Scientists.


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By the Book--Federal Dollars  


Federal grants provided $1 of every $3 in state revenues in 2011. The percentage of state revenues coming from the federal government has dropped slightly since hitting a peak in 2010, but as the slow economic recovery continues, the overall trend remains the same--an increasing portion of state revenues and expenditures comes from the federal government.


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Lessons in Leadership  

By Brian D. Shaw, Former President of the
George C. Marshall Foundation


Public officials at all levels need a type of courage that's not often taught. They are expected to develop a bold vision for strategic change and to produce results that address the demands and expectations of multiple, often conflicting constituencies. They must have or develop the courage to lead in this complex and constantly changing landscape. That is something in which General George C. Marshall excelled, having solved some of the biggest, most complicated problems the world had seen in his nearly 50-year career as a military and civilian leader


Federalism Frustration

By John Mountjoy, CSG Director of Policy, Research & Strategic Initiatives


While state leaders might think the state-federal relationship is at its lowest point ever, they should understand that these sentiments are not new and the concerns shared by many leaders today echo those voices throughout the past 80 years of American democracy.



Medicaid Expansion Decisions: Federalism, Politics or Both?

By Debra Miller, CSG Director of Health Policy   


The Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid has raised questions about how much control the federal government should have in health care in the states. The controversy over the ACA has led many states to find their own approaches to health care reform and the uninsured, finding "something other than Obamacare or the highway," said Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors

Primer on Pre-Emption

By Joseph F. Zimmerman, Professor at Rockefeller College and Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York


The drafters of the U.S. Constitution established the world's first federal system by delegating specific powers to Congress. But it also reserved unspecified powers to the states.



A Marriage of Money

By Anne Stauffer, Director of Fiscal Federalism at the Pew Charitable Trusts


Federal and state finances are closely intertwined. States depend on federal grants for help to support schools, roads, health care, public safety and other key programs.



Federalism and the Supreme Court 

By Lisa Soronen, Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center, and Victor Kessler, Legal Intern


The last two Supreme Court terms have produced four blockbuster decisions. All four of these cases have one thing in common--federalism. During the next term, the court will again hear cases involving controversial issues affecting states



2013 CSG Henry Toll Fellows


Meet the 2013 CSG Henry Toll Fellows class and see what they think makes a great leader. 


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